Use your exceptional research and analytical skills to combat the city's opioid epidemic. Raise the graduation rate of Indianapolis' K-12 students with research supported initiatives. Reduce tobacco use among Hoosiers by sharing compelling data with community stakeholders. If you would like to address the Indianapolis' biggest public health and education challenges using data and research, the Director of Learning and Evaluation position with the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation affords you this opportunity.
The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation strives to advance the vitality of Indianapolis and the well-being of its people by addressing the city's most significant challenges and opportunities. The Foundation is focused on three issue-areas: education, tobacco and opioid addiction, and the life-sciences. To advance its work, the Foundation implements a three-pronged approach: strategic grantmaking, evidence-based advocacy, and cross-sector collaborations and convenings. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $260 million in grants. Additional information about the Foundation can be found at: www.rmff.org.
The Foundation seeks an experienced, collaborative and strategic professional who will support the continued evolution of the institution by conducting and coordinating research and analytic support that informs new grantmaking decisions as well as ongoing program evaluation. This individual will identify compelling research opportunities and conduct independent research or coordinate the research work of third-party experts. This professional will partner with program staff to screen grant proposals by identifying positive links to the Foundation's priorities and collect data useful for measuring impact and guiding funding strategies. Working with the President & CEO, Vice President of Programs and program staff, the Director will ensure that the Foundation's work is designed to positively impact the community.
- Master's degree in economics, statistics, public administration, data sciences, or public policy. PhD degree in relevant field strongly preferred.
- Experience initiating and conducting independent quantitative and qualitative research.
- Experience in project management, including managing consultants, developing and managing project budgets, and monitoring and evaluation of results.
- Track record of identifying concrete ways to use data and evaluation to improve programs and policies.
- Strong entrepreneurial mindset, with a passion for creating opportunities and defining new functions.
- Ability to switch between strategic and practical thinking, with exceptional qualitative and quantitative analytic skills.
- Passion for learning, problem solving, distilling lessons and turning them into action.
- High tolerance for ambiguity and ability to thrive in an environment of growth and change.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively participate in a multidisciplinary team environment.
- Experience in convening individuals and groups to work on collaborative projects.
- Ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines, and support others in doing the same.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and work under tight deadlines.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to make complex research understandable and relevant to external audiences.
ATTENTION: Be Prepared - To assist you and the search committee in discerning your match for the position, we suggest you prepare your responses to these questions prior to hitting "APPLY" to make your application. Applications will not be considered without question responses.
- 1. Why is this position a great match for you?
- 2. Share an example of the type of research and evaluation work you have done that might be representative of the work the Fairbanks Foundation is doing.
- 3. The Fairbanks Foundation focuses on Education, Health, and the life sciences, often through the lens of public policy. Briefly share your experience or training that would allow you to get up to speed on these topics.
- 4. Give an example of when you had to write and present complex information to both technical and general audiences. What were the challenges? How did you address them?
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